Cyclo-Cross Practice

Interested in tuning up your cyclo-cross skills? Want to get out and practice your dismounts and mounts? Want to train and ride with other people? Well, I have the solution for you.

Starting next week on Thursdays, I am holding cyclo-cross practice sessions. Five people maximum. Location and additional details available upon request. $10 per session with all funds going towards my upcoming October trip to Switzerland and the Czech Republic to race in the first two World Cups of the season.

Come on out and get some lessons from me – I’ve been there and done it. Remember I started racing ‘cross kind of late – so I’ve struggled through the technique – teaching myself and learning from others how to race my ‘cross bike. Learn from me – someone who can appreciate what it is like to “teach yourself new tricks”.

Drop me an email – ask me your questions and we’ll get together to train, ride, smile, learn, and laugh.

2 thoughts on “Cyclo-Cross Practice

  1. Few questions as I didn’t know till tonight what CC was?
    How long are the races?
    Avg cost of race?
    Mountain bike good enough to start ?
    How many races around Ottawa?


  2. Hi John,

    Thanks so much for visiting my website. Here is the information you’re looking for:

    Few questions as I didn’t know till tonight what CC was?
    – cyclo-cross combines both road and off-road riding seeing racers ride on grass, mud, sand, gravel, pavement for up to 60 minutes. The course is typically no longer than 3 kilometers, with racers attempting to complete as many laps of the course as possible in the time limit.
    How long are the races?
    – in Ottawa all of the races are 60 minutes long. In other locations such as New England, only the elite men race for 60 minutes – everyone else races for 40 or 45 minutes.
    Avg cost of race?
    – in Ottawa each race costs $15 or you can register for the series for $65
    Mountain bike good enough to start ?
    – yes, definitely a mountain bike is the perfect way to start. Most people start on mountain bikes and then move to cyclo-cross bikes. You can easily purchase a used cyclo-cross bike should you decide to go this route.
    How many races around Ottawa?
    – the series in Ottawa start on Sept. 26 and runs every Sunday until the end of November.
    Here is the website for the local Ottawa series:

    If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask. You’ll find the Ottawa cyclo-cross community is very welcoming and encouraging.


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